Gwen Stefani - "Purple Irises” (with Blake Shelton) + 5th Album

Guess we can do this now that there's an official announcement

Single out 12/7
Album ???

Little Appropriators assemble!

Gwen is simultaneously aspirational and a cautionary tale, in that she is fundamentally a normie who had a brief period of being just left of center enough to feel challenging, but basically settled on being conventional and seems satisfied with that. With some distance I can better understand why I personally found that trajectory difficult to reckon with.
The tassels and flannel... If she's going the country route, I might be out. Her last album didn't excite me much, and I couldn't care less about her TV career.

That said, she's still beautiful. I've found her slightly dull this decade, so it may just be one of those cases where she was at her peak in the '90s & early '00s with No Doubt. I figure the new music is likely made to appeal to the people who watch her on TV, but... I'm glad she's still making music, for what it's worth. And maybe it'll be ... good?